UAA Campus Bookstore Events Feb. 16 – 26, 2015

1. Monday, February 16 from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Mouhcine Guettabi presents “Health Disparities and Urban & Regional Economics.”

Mouhcine Guettabi  teaches in the UAA  Economics Dept. and is on faculty with ISER.  At this event  he examines the interconnections between health disparities and economics.  Mouhcine Guettabi received a Ph.D. in Economics from Oklahoma State University. He has been with UAA since 2012.

2. Tuesday, February 17 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Heather Brook Adams presents “Secrets, Sex, Shame, and Blame: What Hidden Stories of 1960s Women Can Teach Us.”

Heather Brook Adams explores the recent history of unwed pregnancy in the United States and the rhetoric of shame and rhetorical silences that are part of this gendered history.  Her talk focuses on the stories of the women themselves and the rhetorical implications of this history.

Heather Brook Adams teaches in the UAA English Dept. She earned a Ph.D. in English from Penn State University and holds Master’s degrees from the Bread Loaf School of English (Middlebury College) and the University of Maryland, College Park.

3. Thursday, February 19 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Margritt Engel and Karen Willmore present “G.W. Steller’s Trek Through the Wilds of Siberia.”

After translating the highly acclaimed book, Steller’s History of Kamchatka;  Collected Information Concerning the History of Kamchatka, Its Peoples, Their Manners, Names, Lifestyles, and Various Customary Practices,  Margritt Engel and Karen Willmore are working together again on newly found diaries of naturalist and explorer Georg Wilhelm Steller.

Margritt Engel translated Journal of a Voyage with Bering, 1741-1742, George Wilhelm Steller with O.W. Frost in 1988. She is Professor Emerita in the Department of Languages at UAA.

4. Monday, February 23 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
 Writing about Climate Change

Philosopher and writer Kathleen Dean Moore, singer/song writer Libby Roderick, human rights attorney Robin Bronen, and journalist Yereth Rosen come together to discuss the challenges in writing about climate change and global responsibility. This event is sponsored with 49 Writers, UAA Office of Sustainability, and UAA English Department.

5. Tuesday,  February 24 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Philippe Amstislavski presents “Climate Change Impacts on Access to Health Care.”

Philippe Amstislavski is Associate Professor of Public Health (Dept. of Health Sciences) at UAA. His research focus is on the interactions between natural and social systems, particularly between climate change and community adaptation and resilience in the Circumpolar North. Philippe Amstislavski received his Ph.D. in  the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department, CUNY, a M.E.M. in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, and a Masters in Environmental Design, Sustainable Materials Development from School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

6. Wednesday, February 25 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Jifeng Peng presents “Renewable Energy Systems: Wind Energy.”

What does research tell us about wind energy? Come and find out at this informative event with Dr. Jifeng Peng.
Jifeng Peng is Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UAA. He has a Ph.D. in Bioengineering, California Institute of Technology; an M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Stony Brook University, NY; and a B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Science & Technology of China, China.

7. Thursday, February 26 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Dr. Lyn Freeman and Dr. Rebecca White present “Pain & Neuroplasticity, Part 2.”

At  this event, Dr. Freeman and Dr. White will explain from the medical and psychological/behavioral perspectives why and how the brain ‘learns’ to experience pain when this no longer serves a survival purpose. A new treatment approach, based on the principles of neuroplasticity, will be explained. Approaches that ‘compete’ with pain signals will be described. Guest speakers are Lyn Freeman, Ph.D., BCLPC, Mind Matters Research, LLC, Alaska Institute of Surgical & Medical Specialties, and Rebecca White, M.D., Arctic Skye Family Medicine.

All UAA Campus Bookstore events are informal, free and open to the public. Free parking for bookstore events is in the West Campus Central Lot (behind Rasmuson Hall), the Sports Lot and the Sports NW Lot.  For more information call Rachel Epstein at 786-4782 or email Or see

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Rachel Epstein
Special Events Coordinator
UAA Campus Bookstore
2905 Providence Drive
Anchorage, Alaska  99508
(907) 786-4782